Christie’s Sets $975m Benchmark For Post War and Contemporary Art Sales

Christie’s has set a new benchmark for the Post-War and Contemporary art market, raising a record total of $975 million and setting 35 new price achievements during its successful sale week.
“The current commentary on the art market currently avoids what is truly driving it.  It is the work of art itself,” said Steven Murphy, Chief Executive Office, Christie’s. “It is an extraordinary cultural moment.  When works of art regularly sell for these figures, with a queue of bidders lined up from across the globe to try to secure the piece, and many thousands more viewing the art online, it is not the promise of a financial return that is creating the urgency to own the work of art.   It is the art that is drawing people in increasing numbers to museums, art fairs and galleries all over the world.  More people than ever before want to connect with art; and the growth in this audience globally, makes the few, individual, true masterpieces available more valuable than ever before.”
“We are thrilled to announce an unprecedented overall total of $975 million from this week’s series of Post-War and Contemporary Art sales. The remarkable bidding and strong sell-through rate achieved throughout three days of sales, reflect the growing appetite for contemporary art across the global marketplace, wherein international collectors compete at every level of the market to acquire a large spectrum of works ranging from Post-War masterpieces from important collections to cutting edge examples from young contemporary artists,” noted Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art.

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